Legendary survival horror developer and creator Shinji Mikami made his return to the gaming world as his latest endeavor, The Evil Within, launched worldwide this week. Mikami, best known for his creation of the Resident Evil franchise and his work on Dino Crisis, was last heard from in 2011 when the underrated Shadows of the Damned released. Since then, he has been hard at work on returning to the roots of survival horror, the genre that made him a legend. How did he fare with The Evil Within?
In The Evil Within, you take on the role of Detective Sebastian Castellanos, the lone survivor of a police unit sent to investigate a mass murder at an abandoned asylum. A fairly standard trope, to be sure, but the imagery and enemies the game has teased to date have been anything but. The feel of the game reportedly falls in line with the Resident Evil series—no big surprise, given Makami’s history—and that’s by no means a bad thing. Reviews have been mixed, as some praise the game’s mercilessness, atmosphere, and frequent deaths, while others found it monotonous and tiresome, with a played-out story. If you’re a fan of Makami’s previous work or really cool-looking horror imagery, it may be worth a look.
The Evil Within is available now on PC, PS3/4, and Xbox 360/One.
In other gaming news this week, the Gamergate saga sadly continues, Lindsay Lohan is still mad at Rockstar, and Far Cry 4 continues to bring the awesome. Read on!
- Hotline Miami 2: Wrong Number, the sequel to last year’s violent cult classic 2D top-down shooter, has been delayed to 2015 for additional polish.
- In the wake of Anita Sarkeesian’s cancellation of a talk in Utah due to threats of gun violence (and due in part to security’s inexplicable—or perhaps all-too-predictable—reluctance to filter out attendees with concealed firearms), we’d like to direct your attention to Deadspin’s feature on Gamergate, which discusses what it is (for the unacquainted), and why it’s idiotic.
- As Bayonetta 2 continues to receive critical acclaim, we’d like to draw attention to a very cool feature from the first game that hasn’t received much notice: a one-button combat mode that makes the game incredibly accessible to disabled gamers.
- Telltale revealed the first teaser (sort of) for their Game of Thrones game on Twitter last week. What does it mean?
- Far Cry 4 looks so amazing that even 60 hours in its world may not be long enough.
- ELEPHANT. RAMPAGE.
- There’s a lot of stuff in Skyrim. Want to see how many items it takes to create an immersive village? Check out this screenshot of all the items contained in the town of Solitude.
- Lindsay Lohan’s upping the ante in her lawsuit against Rockstar for purportedly using her likeness in GTA V. Apparently Lohan has a monopoly on blonde female CGI models across the gaming world.